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Dutch Painting 1400 – 1950: Introduction to the Art History of the Netherlands, Cultuurwetenschap I


Admission requirements

Sufficient proficiency in English.


The Netherlands have made a rich contribution to art history with many world famous artists and movements. The twelve lectures of this thematic course on Dutch painting offer an overview of the visual arts from the 15th century to the present covering the characteristics of important artists and movements in the context of Dutch culture and history. It covers Flemish Primitives such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, important 16th-century painters such as Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Brueghel the elder, and famous painters from Dutch Golden Age such as Rembrandt, Hals, Jacob van Ruisdael and Vermeer with an emphasis on developments in style, function and meaning of their paintings. Furthermore the course discusses the many faces of modernism in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries focusing on artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondrian.

Course objectives

The course offers an overview of artistic developments from 1400 up to and including the 20th century, as well as various academic approaches to the visual arts. Students will acquire skills in recognizing differences in style and artistic developments. Moreover it provides insight into the cultural and historical environment in which Dutch art flourished.


Tuesdays 13.00-15.00
The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load for the course: 5 EC is 140 hours.

  • Hours spent on attending lectures: 2 hours per week x 12 weeks = 24 hours

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature and preparation for the lectures: 2 hours per week x 12 = 24 hours

  • preparation for the first test: 36 hours

  • preparation for the second test: 56 hours

Assessment method

The course has two exams, both consisting of five open questions on developments of style and characteristics of movements and famous artists, based on paintings in the Power Points of the lectures. The first exam in the mid-session interval covers art of the 15th and 16th centuries and determines 40% of the final mark. The second exam in December covers the Golden Age to the present and determines 60% of the final mark. Marks lower than 5 for the separate tests are not accepted. The average of both exams should be at least 5.5. If the final mark after the resit is lower than 6, the student has to pass both parts in the following year.


Blackboard for a reader, power points, examples of questions.

Reading list

Reading material on Blackboard.


Enrollement trough uSis is mandatory.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Studeren à la carte.


You can contact the lecturer Dr. M.E.W. Boers about the contents of the course, for other practical information, please, turn to the student administration of Dutch Studies, P.N. van Eyckhof 3, room 101A. Tel. 071 527 2144;